During May 2021 Israel was under attack and MDA was once again on the frontline. MDA teams were stretched saving lives under threat from missiles or riots.
Australian Friends of Magen David Adom immediately called for an emergency appeal which was wholeheartedly supported by our many members and friends. We thank you for your response and generosity.
Throughout the whole period, MDA blood services teams faced two challenges: maintaining MDA’s blood supply and supplying it to hospitals and securing the treatment facilities for the blood units and components. Laboratories which prepared blood components and blood classification had to be moved to the safety of secure shelters to ensure availability of blood supplies to hospitals and the IDF. During the fighting, MDA Blood Services provided about 700 units of blood and components, in addition to daily requirements.
MDA teams and vehicles from all regions were mobilised meaning that many of the MDA teams left their families behind, in shelters, so they could go out to save lives. Leaving their families, at this time required great emotional strength but they were driven to fulfil their mission to care for the injured often while in the line of fire themselves.
At one point, during tensions and riots in mixed Arab-Jewish towns, teams treated and evacuated victims while having rocks and heavy objects hurled at them, damaging ambulances and smashing windscreens.
The “Guardians of the Walls” in numbers
- 11 days of fighting
- 4,500 missiles were fired towards Israel
- 374 MDA lifesaving vehicles were deployed
- 12 people were killed
- 600 injured were treated by MDA
- 257 people suffered from stress symptoms and were treated by MDA
- 7,030 “Red Alert” sirens were heard
- Ashdod and Ashkelon were the cities where mostly missiles were concentrated, about 400 alerts were sounded in each of them
- 12 Ambulances and 1 Medicycle were damaged as a result of stones thrown during the riots in mixed cities